2020 Goals


A. County Infrastructure and Assets​


  • Coordinate the development of a County-wide infrastructure plan.

  • Coordinate in finding and writing grants to fund infrastructure development.

  • Continue to lead in the development of additional broadband speed, capacity, and redundancy. 


  • Increase the utilization of the Mount Massive Golf Course. Continue to participate on the board and with projects as needed.

  • Housing - While this continues to be an area of high need there are other groups that are working on this issue.  The EDC will continue to be involved but will not take the leading role. Our level of participation will be dependent on need.



B. Commercial Property Airport Industrial Park

Continue to take a leading role on this project.  Once the county has procured a release for the property from the FAA and completed an appraisal, The EDC can begin to move forward.


  • Write grants to develop the infrastructure including sewer.

  • Work with the BOCC to schedule power and gas installation.

  • Solicit an anchor tenant.

  • Solicit additional tenants to fill out the park.


C. Develop a Strategy for Business Attraction


  • Focus on business that have products and services not currently available in Lake County but are desired by current residents. This would include location neutral workers.

  • Develop a strategy to identify business opportunities that take advantage of our unique location and climate, such as high altitude testing of products and equipment.

  • Develop a profile of our workforce. Understand the additional training that may be required to have a workforce capable to meet the needs of companies we are trying to attract.  Leverage community partners in developing the programs to provide this training.


  • URA- Act as a resource to businesses interested in taking advantage of the associated incentives.

  • Assist in the development and buildout of the Railyard project - ongoing as needed.

  • Support the development of a resort Hotel. This does not currently have any known activity.  Support as needed if the project resumes.

D. Business Assistance  


  • Continue the BR&E program. Develop a relationship with the SBDC. Utilize them as a resource for business owner assistance.  Collaborate to insure that BR&E continues to happen in Lake County and that feedback is used to improve the business  climate. 

  • Utilize input from BR&E interviews to provide training that is being requested.

  • Coordinate trainings with SBDC. Utilize their training offerings when appropriate.

  • SCORE- Continue to use score mentors to provide business assistance when appropriate.

  • Continue to promote the availability of the Mountain Top Healthcare program to county residents and businesses.


  • Enhance historic downtown. Support the Main Street program. Educate property owners on the use and benefits of the URA, historic tax credits, and other incentives that may apply.

E. Improve Business Climate 



  • Continue to function as the primary source for developers, investors, businesses, and entrepreneurs for doing business in Lake County.

  • Continue to develop a commercial property database to facilitate business location.

  • Solicit input to identify roadblocks and work with appropriate entities to reduce or eliminate them.


  • Continue to direct developers of major and minor subdivisions to appropriate resources in the county.

  • Recreational Tourism - Continue to participate on the Tourism Panel. Participation will be flexible dependent on need.

  • Restoration of the Tabor Opera House- Support this project as appropriate.

Other Initiatives


Mountaintop Healthcare Program - Launched a new healthcare alternative in 2019 offering preventative and major medical coverage for LLCEDC members at dramatically lower rates than other alternatives.  Learn more...

Development Concierge - Started in 2018 to inform major subdivision and commercial developers about the development process in Leadville and Lake County as well as to provide resources and information on plans, data, available incentives and community needs.

Other LLCEDC activities


Affordable Housing - We participate in the Housing Coalition and Housing Implementation Team, the High-Country Workforce Collaborative with Summit, Eagle and Lake County government officials, non-profits and major employers to increase supports for our large commuting workforce.

Workforce Development - We offer non-credit training courses with Colorado Mountain College based off of input from local businesses and major employers on their greatest needs, as well as work to expand local job creation.

Recreational Tourism - We assist the Lake County Tourism Panel with grant applications (like for their new 5-year marketing plan in 2018 and implementation dollars to act on the plan in 2019 that were received) and other assistance like the successful application for Leadville to host the 2020 Snowshoe National Championships.

Status on the 2018 Strategic Economic Development Plan


Primary Recommendations


Develop workforce housing through participation in the Workforce Housing Coalition and the Housing Implementation Team facilitated by Lake County Build A Generation on projects and policies at the city and county level to deliver affordable units for local workforce housing. Working with UCD (University of Colorado Denver) graduate students who selected Leadville as their project area to design and develop a master plan for an affordable development on one of three selected cites from the EPS housing study.

Develop an airport industrial park by assisting Lake County and the engineering firm that is designing the Lake County Industrial park as well as working with prospective business tenants to ultimately occupy the park.

Enhance historic downtown by working alongside the Leadville Mainstreet Program and Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation. We are also working with several new and prospective property owners to ensure that they understand and can access historic grants, tax incentives and other funding to assist renovations.

Attract location neutral workers by helping launch the free downtown Wi-Fi network (in 2018) to show that redundant broadband options exist locally. We’ve been working with local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to offer more affordable business-specific internet packages. Working with the Trails Coalition and LCOSI (Lake County Open Space Initiative) on recreation and conservation areas and amenities, which has shown to be important to Location Neutral workers.

Focus on recreational tourism by working to submit applications for events to bring additional tourists are lower visitation times. Applied for and received implementation grant funds to act on the 5-year tourism plan. EDC Director continuing to attend monthly tourism meetings.


Status of Progress on the Strategic Economic Development Plan


Secondary Recommendations


Annexation of city property by participating in discussions with city and county officials and planning and zoning boards on how to ensure that proposed or newly annexed areas are beneficial to both the city and county.

Restore the Tabor Opera House by writing letters of support and participating in stakeholder interviews aimed toward ensuring long term funding for the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation.

Support the development of a resort hotel by continuing to work with investors on opportunities to develop a resort on the North side of Leadville.

Develop the area known as Poverty Flats by working closely with the Leadville Railyard developer connect with additional funding and attracting commercial tenants.

Increase utilization of the Mt. Massive Golf Course and Ski Cooper by joining the golf course board and working on year-round projects including their new grooming and restaurant, as well as their water issues and future plans to increase their sustainability. For Ski Cooper, it has meant working on transportation options to increase options for tourists and locals to use the area.  

Leadville Lake County EDC

400 Harrison Ave Suite 100

PO Box 1503

Leadville, CO 80461


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